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Genetic Counseling, Postgraduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #31 (QS) , IL,
The Genetic Counseling program of Northwestern University provides a strong foundation in core genetic counseling skills and identifies each student’s strengths in order to ignite the passion and lifelong commitment to learning that is critical to professional development.


The Genetic Counseling program of Northwestern University helps students feel extremely capable in multiple clinical settings and specialties, but also recognize how valuable their training has been in preparing them for expanded genetic counseling careers.

The field of genetics has evolved rapidly over time, and graduate programs need to be aware of the changes that will continue to shape and influence the profession. Since the inception of the program in 1990, our program has continually evolved to meet these changing needs and keep an eye to the future of the profession.

Program highlights

The program will provide each student with the knowledge and experience to become a creative, independent and competent genetic counselor. Upon graduation, students will have:

  • Mastery of genetic concepts, including the molecular basis of inheritance, quantitative genetics and principles of risk assessment
  • Knowledge of the etiology and natural history of many genetic disorders
  • Ability to conduct a genetic counseling session by assessing the patient's needs and concerns, performing a genetic risk assessment, communicating appropriate genetic and medical information, providing supportive counseling and assisting the family in obtaining necessary services and support
  • Experience conducting a research project, from study design to oral defense
  • Awareness of local, state and national resources designed to assist patients and professionals and knowledge of ethical and legal issues as related to genetic counseling
  • Psychosocial and ethnocultural sensitivity to families or individuals with genetic disorders
  • Familiarity with genetic literature, including the ability to perform library research, critically evaluate scientific publications and assist in clinical research

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Genetic Counseling and Medical Communication
  • Medical Communication
  • Research Methods
  • Adult Genetics
  • Principles of Medical Genetics
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Genetic Counseling

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • Online application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools you have attended
  • General GRE scores (quantitative, verbal and analytical)
  • Supplemental form
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    37378 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18689 USD per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    37378 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18689 USD per semester and a duration of 18 months.
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  • per quarter: $18,689

Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
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